THE LAPTOP MARTYR
Hours bent over your desk will leave you with bad posture and a weak core. You won’t see your abs until you iron out the kinks, says PT David Birtwistle
THE DIAGNOSIS Exaggerated Kyphosis BY WHICH WE MEAN Your shoulders are hunched
FIX IT Boost your mobility to help your abs pop. Lie with your knees bent, a foam roller across your shoulders beneath you and a bar held behind your head. As you push with your legs, push the roller down your back and up again for three minutes. Feel the stretch.
THE DIAGNOSIS Scapular Protraction BY WHICH WE MEAN Your pecs are in knots
FIX IT Releasing your tight pecs will improve your posture, giving you a flatter stomach. Align the roller with your spine. Lower your hips to stretch your abs. Grab two light dumbbells behind your head for 30 seconds, then arc them around to your hips and hold again. Repeat.
THE DIAGNOSIS Hyperlordosis BY WHICH WE MEAN Tight hips and weak abs
FIX IT Use this to stretch out your abs and hips, shortened by hours at your desk. In a lunge position, with one knee on the floor, tilt your pelvis under and slowly push your hips forward, squeezing your glutes and lifting your arms overhead. Do five slow pulses, breathing out as you push forward.